This Week in Social Security Disability News, Feb 8 – Feb 14, 2014

Here is a recap of the top stories in Social Security Disability News from this week:

1. 9 Social Security Disability Elements to Understand Before You Apply:

There are several different aspects of the application process you should be aware of before you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Some of these aspects include knowing when the appropriate time to file your disability claim is and what medical qualifications you must meet. For the full list of the top 9 elements you must understand before you apply click here.

2. SSD Fraud is Few and Far Between:

Did you know The Social Security Administration thoroughly investigates any reports that they receive about potential fraud or abuse in the system? Due to the ongoing efforts of the SSA to eliminate potential fraud, they have put into place specific regulations that could potentially affect you and your disability claim. To read more about how to protect yourself and more specifics on what the SSA considers fraud click here.

3. How Social Security Could Affect Your Eligibility for Food Stamps and Other Public Assistance:

An Oregon women recently learned that her disability benefits could affect her family’s access to food stamps and government housing. Could your Social Security Disability benefits affect your family in the future? For the full story and to see how you and your family could be affected click here.

4. Why There Is Such a Long Wait for SSD Benefits:

Many people experience a long wait period after they apply for disability benefits. Surprisingly, there is a very straightforward answer as to why the wait period is so long. Simply put, the SSA has more application submissions than they can handle, causing a backlog of many claims. To learn more about how the SSA plans to cut through the backlog  click here.

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